Was driving home... just got on the highway... and bam! Was that a backfire?! No acceleration... couple more hesitations and
I shut it off and curbed it. Wouldn't start when I tried it and still wont. It just turns over and burps every 6 or so cycles, sometimes will bump over once... I have driven this car for the past 21,000 miles, has 144,500 on the clock and this is the first time it left me stranded.
Took compression cold starting with the odd bank, got about 3~5 compression strokes (I think).
Am I out of the woods mechanically? Was thinking my timing chain might have broken, but I am getting compression on all cylinders... Thought about the head gaskets, been loosing coolant at about a half gallon every 750-1000 miles. Maybe 6 & 5 are the leakers?
I put new Magnecore wires on it, new Bosch coil and installed new plugs. Previous owner had allegedly replaced the distributer, vacuum advance, cap and rotor, they look to be Atlantic British (red rotor and their cap). I swapped with a used genuine Lucas rotor, no dice...tried a different cap, still no dice. So, I checked the coil and shocked myself... put the redtop battery on the charger and went to bed..tried in the morning with no luck too.
Had an extra used MAF, tried that... why not? No change.
I'll be looking to swap ignitor chips tomorrow, but will probably try to figure out how to bench test the extra one I have. Its one of the kits that mounts the chip away from the distributer. Prolly will take a stab at bench testing the MAF too.
I even pulled the tube off the vacuum advance and tried to actuate the diaphragm. It would move and hold vacuum for a few second but immediately leak off, this normal?
I know its probably something simple I am overlooking... or... is this just Lucas messing with me?